May 18, 2021

SAFED for vans

Safed for vans

We have established an excellent reputation for delivering a range of classroom and in vehicle training courses that can be adapted into any companies requirements.

What is SAFED?

SAFED is a complementary driver development course, consisting of assessment and training. It intends to improve the safe and fuel efficient driving skills of LCV drivers. It therefore should complement a much broader programme of commercial vehicle fleet efficiency management.

Why have van training?

During 2003 UK Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) activity accounted for some 58 billion kilometres (Department for Transport statistics). Over 90% of this distance was in connection with collection and delivery of goods, travel between home and workplace or journeys between jobs and hence LCVs play an important role in the countries economy.

How was the SAFED For Vans Developed?

Initially SAFED was focused on truck drivers. Following an implementation programme where 375 trainers and 6375 drivers were trained, the Department for Transport were keen to transfer the success and develop a training course specifically for van drivers. (SAFED for Trucks link)

The training course was developed and reviewed by a steering group of industry experts, including training providers, van fleet operators, trade associations, van manufacturers and Government organisations.

During the development phase, currently available safe and fuel efficient training courses for van drivers were examined and common themes highlighted which formed the foundation of the new course.

The proposed training course was also piloted with a range of drivers to check the content and record its achievements. The results from this pilot showed that on average, the fuel economy improved by 9%, the drivers felt in more control of their vehicles and less stressed. The time the route took to complete was the same or shorter and the wear and tear on the vehicle reduced as a result of fewer stops and less gear changing.
Case Studies

As part of the demonstration phase of the SAFED for Vans programme, a range of case studies have been developed that illustrate the potential savings that can be achieved by seizing the opportunity of SAFED training.

The first set of case studies can be found by clicking the text below, others will appear in the coming months.

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Case Studies: (all are pdf and open in new page)
Lasertech Barnstaple

Leeds City Council
Morris Vermaport Limited

24SevenSameDay Limited
NAS Recruitment Services

Maxi Haulage Limited
Office Depot Uk

Salisbury District Council
Period Property Preservation

Vanliners Limited
Driver Hire – Leeds East

Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK
Rentokil Initial UK Cleaning

Bray Leino Events
Pegasus Waste Management

C&A Pumps Limited
St. John Ambulance

VMI Limited
Cottsway Housing

Wales & West Utilities
City Link – Grantham

Abel & Cole

Costs and subsidies

How much does it cost?  a half day training session for one driver costs £250 and a whole days training for 2 drivers is £400. The bonus is you will easily recoup this money within a year the average saving has been around 16% on fuel consumption and wear and tear around 33% less gear changes. Now these figures are on training so expect these savings to be halved. Just imagine saving 8% on your fuel bill and your vehicles clutches, brakes and gear boxes lasting a year longer every 3 years and


just a thought to finish off –

A test aired on BBC’s Top Gear television program, however, casts doubt upon the notion that a hybrid would be the most fuel efficient in every circumstance. “This is a BMW M3,” the show’s host Jeremy Clarkson said in introducing the car that would compete with a Prius. “It is not designed to be as economical as possible; it is designed to be fast.” Clarkson chose the most extreme examples to make the point — a sedan equipped with a V-8 engine producing 414 horsepower against the Toyota Prius with its 76 horsepower hybrid motor. The EPA rates the BMW at 14 miles per gallon in the city, and 20 on the highway which compares unfavorably to the 48 and 45 figures for the Prius. In this test, the M3 matched the speed of the Prius as the hybrid ran flat-out over ten laps of the 1.8 mile Top Gear Test Track in Surrey, England. Measurements taken after the run show that the Prius returned just 14.3 miles to the US gallon, while the BMW had 12 percent better fuel economy at 16.1 miles per gallon. “It was one of the dullest drives of my life, but in the interest of science I stuck with it,” Clarkson said. “Seriously, what I’m saying is, it isn’t what you drive that matters, it’s how you drive it. That is everything.”